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Dancing at the Rascal Fair Book Review Summary

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This book can be considered historical fiction in that it offers a view into the beginnings of the US national forests, World War I, and the Great Influenza Epidemic. It is, however, generally thought of as a book written in the Western genre.

The story is that of two 19 year-old Scottish boys, Angus McCaskill and Rob Barclay, who emigrate to the US in the late 19th century. They move to Montana and become homesteaders, deciding to raise sheep for a living. When the price of sheep begins to fall in the market Angus becomes a school teacher. He meets a neighboring teacher, Anna, and falls in love with her, but this is to be an unrequited love.

Angus marries Rob's sister instead, but his unrequited love for Anna drives a rift between himself and Rob. Rob attempts to confront Angus about this problem but his attempt bring great changes to Angus's life: Angus's wife leaves him for a time, and his son becomes estranged from him. Anna, Angus's true love, dies in the Influenza Epidemic, but as the novel comes to a close Angus's son marries Anna's daughter; and Rob drowns in an accident, leaving Angus to write his remembrance of his longtime friend and enemy.

The review of this Book prepared by Billy Pashaie








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   American wild west period Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   chased obsessively but totally uninterested Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Prairie?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   lot of descript of animal care

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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